April 28, 2010 09:21
A senior North Korean party leader has reportedly announced that the North Korean military took "gratifying revenge" on South Korea.
The Daily NK, an Internet media outlet, quoted a senior North Korean party leader as making the remark in a political lecture for party members in Onsong, North Hamgyong Province on April 24.
He reportedly said, "Since our heroic People's Army took revenge on the enemy, all South Chosun [Korea] has been in fear of our defensive military ability." The Daily NK carried the report under the dateline Changchun, China on Monday.
A source in North Hamgyong Province said the secretary did not directly mention the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan on March 26 "but participants in the lecture were able to confirm that a rumor which had been circulating among the people really happened."
According to the source, the lecture was held to boost morale among party members in the province on the occasion of the North Korean Army's founding anniversary on April 25.
A South Korean government official said, "We have no confirmed intelligence reports about such a lecture. It seems the content of these Saturday lectures normally spread from Pyongyang to the provincial regions in a week or two."
If the news report is true, it is highly likely that similar lectures have been given throughout North Korea.
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